Valve introduces Steam Link app for Android and iOS

Bluetooth on Steam Controller

Bluetooth on Steam Controller

Coming out later this year, the Steam Video app will come as a good news to all you Steam users, as it will now allow users to enjoy the thousands of movies and shows available on Steam directly via their Android and iOS devices (connected over Wi-Fi or LTE). The update brings support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity and Valve points out that the BLE feature is required to use the Steam Link mobile PC game streaming app that will be launching soon. Valve has now activated the Bluetooth functionality in their controllers, here's how you can use Bluetooth on Steam Controller.

Valve has enabled support for Bluetooth on the Steam Controller via a Steam Client Beta update.

In other scenarios, Valve continues to recommend the existing protocol be utilized in the first instance given its speed, minimal lag, and support for four controllers per wireless receiver given that it "was designed from the ground up to provide the best experience for a Steam Controller". The Bluetooth firmware update will gamers to pair the controller with iOS and Android devices, and negates the need for a wireless dongle (although the controller itself comes with one).


You can easily switch between modes whenever you want as well. You'll have to do a bit of work to update the firmware, but you'll probably be glad you did.

The Steam Link service launches next week, and you'll be able to play your Steam games on your mobile and tablet devices, which is very exciting since it makes the previous Steam Link feature of Steam pretty useless.

This will reset your current Controller pairing settings, so you'll have to link it with your wireless receiver again. The controller remembers the last mode used and will start in that mode until you change modes again.

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